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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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When Can I Get a Job?

When Can I Get a Job?

When can I get a job?

It depends on the type of job. Federal law makes 14 the minimum age for most paying jobs, but there are exceptions, such as babysitting, farm work, and working for a family business. Some states have child labor laws that set older minimum ages. But you'll be happy to know you can be a star at any age. There's no minimum age for working on TV, in the movies, or in theatrical productions.

If you do get a job, your employer should follow additional federal rules designed to protect kids from working too much, especially during the school year. For instance, 14-year-old teens shouldn't work before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on school nights. During the school year, they also shouldn't work more than 18 hours a week, or more than 3 hours a day on a school day. Why? You need time to study, play, and sleep!

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: June 2013